888poker Mega Deep Pays Out $614k; Russians Go 1-2-3

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The 5th anniversary 888poker Mega Deep main event ran on the weekend and the $500,000 guarantee, as expected, drew players from far and wide.

In fact that guarantee was surpassed easily as no less than 2,151 players (+920 re-entries) generated a prize pool of $614,200.

Despite the tournament lowering level times from 30 to 20 minutes it still took 13.5 hours until a winner was found.

In the end, the Russians dominated but the top eight finishers all collected five-figure payouts.

Russians Dominate, Swedes Rule

The top three spots were all occupied by Russian players. When three-handed play began josef_shvejk was already the massive chipleader with 34 million chips in front of him.


He wouldn’t let go of that lead at any time but there wasn’t much of that time left anyway. After less than 10 minutes the winner was found and crowned.

He received $97k for one night of playing cards; his final two opponents settled for $73k and $53k, respectively.

While the Russian players occupied the podium the Swedes showed that they’re always in position to strike. 

You might remember Gr33nApples from the Super XL Series last May when he won the main event.

He came 52nd in the weekend’s Mega Deep Anniversary. His country-sake nastymake went even further.

He made it to the 39th spot and has now breached the $2 million mark in online winnings. Maybe he likes the faster format, as he won the Turbo Mega Deep in January.

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Nitsche Streams Live, Busts 19th

And then, of course, there’s 888poker pro Dominik Nitsche.

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Always in contention

The perpetually travelling, permanently playing German had already won the Super XL Series Mini Main event in June and then finished third in the Super XL Main Event in September.

He made another deep run in the Mega Deep. His fans watched him live on Twitch until he finally busted in 19th place to just miss the last two tables.

“It always feels pretty annoying to go deep in a tournament with that many players and then bust out short of the final table,” Nitsche said afterwards.

“I felt like I had a good chance to actually win the whole thing as I had quite a good stack throughout. Unfortunately, I lost a few big pots towards the end and couldn't recover.”

Christmas Showers, Super XL VII in January

With the holidays approaching and another massive series coming in January it’s worth logging in to 888poker more than ever if you’re a mid- or low-stakes player.

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888poker is a Christmas promotion like you haven’t seen one before, for starters, with $800,000 in gifts to be distributed before Dec. 26.

The next big tournament series on 888poker will be the Super XL VII in January.

Check back to our 888 news section shortly for more information and a full schedule.

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